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Friday, October 9, 2009

Applesauce

My Mom is awesome. I started out thinking that and then went through a phase where I wasn't so sure and now, thanks be to God, I'm back again!! She's not just awesome because she helps me with my newborn babies or randomly cleans my home or brings us dinner or sends me funny comic strips and newspaper articles or prays for me and my children by name, everyday.....all these things are wonderful, but she, as a PERSON is where the awesomeness lies. She is strong, brave, compassionate, kind, merciful, giving, warm, and if you want a GOOD hug, she's the one to come to! I've come to love this poem....helps keep things in perspective! My awesome Mom and I made applesauce the other day.
My Dad saved us a lot of time and work by getting up early and cutting the apples for us.
Thanks Dad!
Next they were cooked in this big pot and turned to mush....
then placed in the strainer....or whatever it's called....what IS this thing called? and with the push of a button the apples were squeezed into applesauce.
a spoonful, (or bag full!) of sugar was added....

the jars were washed and the hot applesauce poured into them.....
such a rewarding part of the process,
watching the yumminess being canned knowing that in January
I will have a bowl full of August....
Sweet Paisley watching Grandma and Mommy....
our little canning station.
Let me explain this picture:pictured on the far right is my Dad's beloved wood pile....this is akin to his very own World Series Trophy or Super Bowl ring....or his own Stanley Cup, I mean seriously, every.year. this man puts so much pride into this wood pile it's just about humorous!
Further Left, behind Paisley's car seat you will see the red wagon:
don't know where it came from, but it's been around for quite some time and the grandchildren like to take it for a cruise...it makes for some great pictures. And it is the wagon that was used on our wedding day to pull some of the "baby" flower girls down the aisle.

Continue with me to the corner on the far left....I honestly don't know what to call this other then
my Dad's "little spot on the earth." I sat in the old recliner and looked about at all his.....stuff.....
and had a good chuckle! Old newspapers, small strands of baler,(or is it bailer?) twine, shotguns, labeled tools, pictures of his children, old calenders, pictures of horses, old church bulletins....and the thing is, it all means something to him. I am not making fun of him in anyway because I am my Father's Daughter...
Our finished product:

Precious Paisley very excited for the sweetness that will be hers in a few months.....

"October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band."-

~George Cooper, October's Party~

7 comments:

Bess said...

Oh yum yum yum! I haven't had a chance to do applesauce this fall, but I'm hoping to! I think that thing is called a victorio strainer...or something like that. ;o) Makes applesauce-making so easy! I want one!

Anne said...

How fun! Home-made applesauce!

Can I just say that Paisley is too cute for words! Look at that big grin. So sweet!

The Trendy Couple said...

We just did ours on Sat. and it was delicious... I fresh mine thought so i don't have to worry about taking the time to can!

Lindsay said...

That wagon brings me back to being 10 years old!

The last pic of Paisley is cute cute cute!

Love you guys and miss you! I came across a poster that you made today with pictures and stories about India.. I feel you here <3

tom beiler said...

Sister,I love that last pic of your beautiful daughter! Also lovin the Neil Young tune.-Brother

Anonymous said...

...so glad we have the privilege of learning how to can and freeze food for winter. Thanks to mom! It may be old-fashioned but there's nothing quite like the fulfillment that comes with having done something the hard way and enjoying the fruits of those labors! love it, love it.

Fan said...

that last comment was from me!

Fan